I try to cook with as many as vegetables as I can.  In addition to be healthy for you, they obviously bring a lot of flavors, and textures to a dish.  They can also give you a very different experience (flavor and texture) depending on how you cut them.  So, it’s important to know various techniques that easily allow you to get different shapes and sizes.  In this cooking video, I show you how to Julienne a Zucchini.  The julienne cut, is essentially a French fry shape, and with zucchini’s I’m sometimes use it for salads, and frequently pastas, where I know the same of the zucchini itself to mirror the pasta shapes.  It’s easy to do with a bit of practice and after watching the video and having a little practice, you’ll be able to do it quickly, safely and consistently. Hope you enjoy it.

How to Julienne a Zucchini

  • As with almost every Julienne cut, just remember the basic idea to first make planks, then make sticks
  • Remove the very top (stem) and bottom of the zucchini and discard
  • Holding the zucchini the long way, cut a slice down the lengh of it, about a quarter inch thick (you can go thinner or thicker if you’d like)
  • That is your first plank
  • Repeat the process, trying to make each plank the same width
  • Now lay a plank flat on your cutting board, and we are going to make diagonal cuts from the top left corner down towards the right side of the plank
  • The first cut will result in a triangle piece of zucchini; but if you make a second parallel cut, also a quarter inch from the first cut, you’ll make the first match stick, or julienned zucchini piece
  • Continue with the same parallel cuts, moving over a quarter inch a time, and you’ll have the match sticks
  • With a bit of practice, you can start laying the planks on top of each other, and get through them all much faster.

Now you’re ready to use your Julienned zucchini…hope you found this useful.

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